Things to Know Before Upgrading to Sensors, Timers, and Dimmers

Turning off any lights when these will no longer be used is one of the best ways you can save energy. There are times when one forgets to do this task.

This is where upgrading to dimmers, sensors, and timers come in. These lighting control options allow you to enjoy the right level of light at a specific time, allowing you to save energy. Read on to know more about them.


These allow you to vary the level of light in a room or section of your home. When a light bulb is dimmed, its output and wattage are reduced significantly. This allows you to save energy.

These are inexpensive lighting control options that allow you to save money on electricity, provided that you keep using the lights at reduced levels. These also help increase light bulb life.

But this lighting option is not without its downsides. While dimming can help you save money and allow light bulbs to last longer, this might not allow you to fully see whatever is in the room. In other words, dimming reduces light bulb efficiency.

Dimmers and CFL Bulbs
While incandescent bulbs can become less efficient when dimmed, CFLs generally do not. But while a few bulbs of the latter type are already compatible with these types of switches, there are others that will require special bulb holders and dimming ballasts. However, there are also other CFLs that aren’t designed to be compatible with the said lighting control option. If connected with a dimmer switch, it is expected to not last very long.

Save more money on energy or electricity by using fluorescent lights and dimmers in your home.

Dimmers and LED Bulbs
There are a few LED bulbs that are compatible with this particular lighting control option. But this does not mean that just about any switch of this kind is compatible with a dimmable LED light product; you may need to replace any existing switches with those compatible with LED lights. Fortunately, with the steady rise of LED illumination technology, switches of this type compatible with LED lights will become more common.


Motion Sensors
A motion sensor is a type of switch that turns on every light bulb connected to it when movement is detected. This is great for both outdoor and indoor use and is also one of the best ways to keep your home safe from intruders.

Occupancy Sensors
An occupancy sensor detects activity in a room of a house. Once someone enters a room with an occupancy sensor, any lights connected to that switch are turned on. And once the last occupant leaves a room, the automatic switch then turns off the lights connectedto it.

Once photosensors detect light from the sun, these turn off all outdoor lighting connected to them. For this reason, it can be said that these help save energy since you need not remember to switch off outdoor lights once day comes.


Timers can keep any indoor and outdoor lights on for a set amount of time. Two kinds of timers are available in the market today: manual timers, which need to be plugged to electrical outlets to control lights and lamps; and in-wall timers, which look almost like wall thermostats.

CFLs, LEDs, and Timers
Many CFLs and LEDs in the market can be set to turn on and off at set times without any problems. However, for best results, make sure to check if the timer is compatible with the lights you wish to connect to it.

Upgrading your home’s light systems to sensors and timers are a great solution. Especially if you are one to forget to turn your lights on and off. This way, you don’t have to remember to turn on the outside lights when a visitor arrives, as when they are walking up the path or driveway, the sensor will illuminate the lights. Timers are especially effective when you want to keep your lights on for a certain amount of time. Dusk to Dawn timers are also very effective, as they keep your lights on until the sensors detect day light.

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